The Atom of the Universe

The Life and Work of Georges Lemaitre

By Dominique Lambert

Edited by: Karl Van Bibber

Contributions by: Luc Ampleman

Now available in paperback! This biography takes readers from the early childhood to the last days of Georges Lema?tre, the man behind the theory of the primeval atom, now better known as the Big Bang theory. But, who was Georges Lema?tre? He was a clergyman, a genius astronomer, an audacious cosmologist, a computer enthusiast ahead of his time, a professor with his head in the clouds, a bon vivant mathematician, and a gourmand. The book peels away these layers, chapter by chapter, from the adventures of a boy from Charleroi (Belgium), who became Monseigneur Lema?tre and influenced contemporary cosmology. The Atom of the Universe follows Lema?tre's works through the course of his life, discovering along the way his involvement with the Chinese student community, his complex relationship with the Vatican, his deep devotion to the University of Louvain, his friendship with figures such as Einstein and Eddington, his adventures through both World Wars, his travels in America, his curious interest in Moli?re, and his deep faith lived through the 'Amis de Jesus.' The resulting picture is of a remarkable figure who was sensitive, creative, meticulous, and, paradoxically, both discreet and exuberant, while also being a man of exceptional integrity who reconciled his science with his faith. More than a book on one person, this biography of Georges Lema?tre offers the key to a better understanding of the profound changes which took place in the fields of science, faith, and academic life in the last century. *** Librarians: ebook available on ProQuest and EBSCO *** "...thoroughly researched.... Lambert has written a dense, scholarly work....Recommended." -- Choice, Vol. 53, No. 3, November 2015 [Subject: Biography, Physics, Cosmology, Astronomy]

Publication Date: 9/16/2016
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9788378862253

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